VVM is building, supporting, and maintaining a community to launch an entrepreneurial renaissance. By nurturing startups, we impact the employees they hire, the customers they serve, and the neighborhoods they revitalize. And it’s working.
Listen to what our community has to say in this video.
Board of Directors
Scott Foster, Chairman. Attorney & Partner Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas
Jay Leonard, Treasurer, Co-Head of the Springfield Venture Fund & Director at Babson Capital Management
Ray Berry, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, United Way of the Pioneer Valley. Founder, White Lion Brewery and 2015 Accelerator award winner
Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
Dianne Fuller Doherty, retired Senior Business Advisor, Western Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Allison Werder, President, MassLive
Startup entrepreneurs often lack a deep network of relationships, severely decreasing their survivability. Meanwhile, many business executives love to mentor but can’t easily and enjoyably find the right ventures. That’s where we come in.
Our mentors are business executives from healthcare, energy, social services, engineering, finance, and other sectors; nonprofit board members; teachers, investors, lawyers, designers, developers, and more. At VVM, mentorship starts informally, with no long-term commitments or expectations. Those who choose can deepen their relationship by becoming facilitators with VVM.
It all starts by attending your first Mentorship Meeting.
Our programs are working, so we are growing! Our team is energetic, collaborative, professional, and we’re committed to making everything fun.